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Sally Kohn destroys Ben Ferguson over ‘secret society’ flop: ‘Wish viewers had Smell-o-Vision because this smells desperate’

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While discussing the so-called Justice Department “secret society” debacle that blew up in Republicans’ faces earlier this week, liberal pundit and author Sally Kohn shut down GOP commentator Ben Ferguson after he tried to resuscitate the conspiracy.

“I think it’s sad that we’re calling everything conspiracy theories when what Republicans are doing in many of these cases is asking questions,” Ferguson said as CNN host Jim Scuitto interrupted. “It is fair to ask questions.”

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“You have two FBI agents who clearly have show in their text message bias against Donald Trump,” he continued, referencing agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the individuals at the heart of the GOP’s attacks against special counsel Robert Mueller. “These same two individuals used the words describing that they might actually need to have some sort of secret meeting in their own words.”

Kohn, as evidenced by her facial expressions while Ferguson spoke, wasn’t having it.

“I mean, I send texts to my friends all the time comparing my day to Beyoncé’s,” she said, “but it doesn’t mean I’m Beyoncé.”

Laughing, she said it’s “scary” that Ferguson and his party mates who cried wolf about the single text message couldn’t interpret the out-of-context text as a joke. Indeed, Huffington Post reported yesterday that not only was the single “secret society” text a reference to calendars full of “beefcake” photos of Vladimir Putin that Strzok bought as a gag for his colleagues, but the text’s existence has already been discovered and summarily dismissed as an obvious joke by reporters who read the text a month prior.

“It’s unfortunate that they haven’t invented ‘Smell-o-Vision’ because this smells desperate,” Kohn said.

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Adam Schiff explains how Trump just crippled US election security with appointment of ‘loyalist’ intel director

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned on Wednesday that election security in the United States is in jeopardy due to President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence.

CNN's Manu Raju asked Schiff about the appointment of Richard Grenell as the nation's top intelligence coordinator.

"He has little to no relevant experience except for being a Trump loyalist," Schiff noted. "And the level of confidence that we can have that we will get fully informed of threats to our elections has just gone down to practically none."

Grenell, who currently serves as the ambassador to Germany, has come under fire from Democrats for possibly violating federal law after he "failed to inform the department about work he did for foreign entities before joining the Trump administration," according to CBS News.

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How the coronavirus has infected Trump’s presidency — and is spreading throughout the global economy

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Nobody saw this coming. Turns out it may not be Bernie, Mike, Joe, Liz, Pete—or even Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff—who bring down Donald Trump.

While it’s still early, there are indications that the coronavirus is the pandemic that could torpedo, among other things, the booming economy Trump has always taken credit for and assumed would sweep him back into office in 2020.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 2000 points Monday and Tuesday on coronavirus-fueled. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control warned Americans that they should “work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad” and outlined how schools and businesses should prepare if the virus spreads. San Francisco announced a state of emergency Tuesday.

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Here’s how Democrats can make Trump’s race-baiting blow up in his face in the 2020 election

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Writing for The New York Times on Wednesday, columnist Thomas Edsall broke down how President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric galvanizes conservative white voters — and what evidence shows is the best way Democrats can neuter it.

"A forthcoming paper by Desmond King and Rogers M. Smith, political scientists at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, 'White Protectionism in America,' makes a strong case that Trump, unlike his Republican predecessors in the White House, has gone far beyond rhetoric and token gestures to substantively address the concerns of his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters," wrote Edsall.

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